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Healthstyles: Medicare Enrollment 2015 & fierceforblackwomen

Barbara Glickstein hosts this week’s Healthstyles on Thursday, September 18th at 1PM on WBAI Pacifica Radio 99.5FM streamed live on the web at

Medicare’s Open Enrollment period is October 15 through December 7th. It’s the time when you can change your Medicare coverage. It can be a confusing to navigate the complex world of health insurance. 

In the first half-hour Glickstein interviews John Sardellis, PhD, professor of health care at St. Joesph’s College of NY, and Member of the Society of Actuaries, who named this segment, “The ABCs and of course D of Medicare”  Tune in to hear him walk us through the process. Tune in (even if you’re not eligible for Medicare) and offer to share this advice with a relative, friend or elder neighbor or person with a disability who is covered by Medicare insurance.  We are public radio and we can all reach out and help someone.

Dr. Sardellis recommends this user friendly site is

In the second half of Healthstyles we hear from Sheree Crute, editor-in-chief and co-founder Healthstyles new regular feature.

Ms. Crute discusses the second article in a three-part series on Black Women’s Health and fibroids –   Beating Fibroids: Find the Best Treatment for You. She also discusses another another featured article,  Lower Your Risk of Ovarian Cancer.   Follow them on Twitter @Fierceforbw @shereecrute @yrlamb and on Facebook fierceforblackwomen.

You can listen to this segment of Healthstyles918

Admit to Observation: Policy Run Amuck?

My latest blog post on JAMA’s News Forum is about the unintended consequences of policy. Specifically, it deals with Medicare policy on admitting patients to hospitals as outpatients for observation. It clearly needs to be fixed.

JAMA doesn’t permit people to post comments on their blog so I welcome your comments on this site.

Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, FAAN, Rudin Professor of Nursing

Healthstyles: words. power. control.

Barbara Glickstein hosts this week’s Healthstyles on Thursday, September 11th at 1PM on WBAI Pacifica Radio 99.5FM streamed live on the web at

At the top of the hour hear HealthCetera News Updates. Listen here Hcet9112014

Journalists struggle with reporting on sex and labor trafficking and how to better frame the stories.  The language in the anti-trafficking world, specifically, use of the word “rescue” is examined when Glickstein interviews Becky Owens-Bullard, Project Director of the Denver Anti-Trafficking Alliance (DATA). Owens-Bullard says It’s time we take off the “rescuer’s” cape and elevate our language around anti-trafficking work to the trauma-informed, victim-centered place that it should be.” Read  “Take off the cape: Why using the word rescue is harmful to anti-trafficking efforts” in the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault and listen to the full interview RESCUE

Healthstyles new regular feature appears regularly with co-founders Yanick Rice Lamb, and Sheree Crute of a new media platform launched last November for Black Women. Ms. Crute chairs CHMP’s National Advisory Committee (NAC) and Ms. Rice Lamb is a member of the NAC.  Today, Yanick Rice Lamb joins me to talk about the goings-on on Fierce for Black Women. FIERCE

Follow them on Twitter @Fierceforbw @shereecrute @yrlamb

Voices and stories we need to hear.

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“I want nurses to start talking” states Glickstein’s guest  Amanda Anderson, a nurse, writer and one of the forces behind Hunter College’s The Nurses Writing Project @nurseswriting.

Co-host Barbara Glickstein interviews Anderson on Healthstyles Thursday, September 4 at 1 PM on WBAI 99.5FM radio &

Anderson curated and directs “The Bedpan Confessionals: Tall Tales of Truth By Nurses, For Everyone” Saturday, Sept. 13th on the Lower East Side at Berkli Parc Cafe @berkliparc, 63 Delancey St., 8:15 – 9:00pm @litcrawlnyc

This event is free and open to the public.

“The Bedpan Chronicles” introduces you to these five nurse writers:
Amy Berman, RN, BS, senior program officer at the Hartford Foundation, has shared her story of being a nurse, a health care consumer, and an active cancer patient around the globe. She is a well-known advocate for palliative care, and publicly shares her mission – to ensure that patients get to choose the care they want – via Health AGEnda, Health Affairs, The Washington Post, and National Public Radio. @notesonnursing

LeeLee Milner, RN, PMHNP, a recent graduate of the Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, practices as a psychiatric nurse practitioner in the homes of her patients all over New York City. She gives insight into the intimate details of her home-based patients, and the bravery required to do what she does via her blog, qNurse, where she also writes to her goal of helping nurses maintain mental health through self care. She also teaches young nurses the tools of the trade at NYU, and can’t go very long without mentioning her many dogs and their love for Prospect Park.

Roma Arellano, RN, BSN, CCRN, is an experienced intensive care nurse and advocate for night shift nurses. She currently works at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where she is developing a project for the mentorship and increased safety of new nurses entering night shift work. Her stories often focus on her struggle to process motherhood and death – a daily challenge in her nursing work, and through Lit Crawl, she’ll bring her brave voice to the public’s ears for the very first time.

Ellen Cohen, RN, CNM, author of the recently published book, Laboring: Stories of a New York City Hospital Midwife, estimates that she’s delivered approximately 1,400 babies in her tenure as a nurse and midwife. She is currently mid-book tour, and brings a sage voice of experience and passion to our group of authors. Her goal as a nurse-writer is to promote holistic midwifery and a better public understanding of the practice through her stories of courage and defiance of traditional roles that pave the way for women, health care and patient advocacy.

Amanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CCRN, will host the venue, espousing nurse-y wisdom and wit throughout the night. She currently leads the collaborative editing program within Hunter College’s The Nurses Writing Project, which she co-directs. Her blog, This Nurse Wonders, focuses on her career goal of getting nurses to start talking about what they do in ways that the public can understand. She blogs for The American Journal of Nursing, Scrubs Magazine, and Center for Health Media & Policy’s HealthCetera, to that aim. She works at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, and is studying far too hard for far too many degrees at Hunter & Baruch Colleges. She bikes.

You can find Amanda Anderson on Twitter @12hourRN, and on her personal blog:

Everyone has a story. Deborah Jiang Stein‘s adoptive parents didn’t want her to know that she was born in prison to a heroin-addicted mother.

Deborah Jiang Stein, author of the memoir, Prison Baby published by Beacon Press, advocate for incarcerated women and the founder of the unPrison Project is interviewed by co-host Barbara Glickstein. Themes of disconnection, secrets, transracial adoption, incarceration of women and babies born in prison are discussed.

Find out more about the unPrison Project and consider supporting the Behind Books Not Bars Prison Baby book club for incarcerated women and girls.

Listen to the interview (this is a rebroadcast)


Healthstyles Today: Ebola and Breastfeeding

wbaiThe World Health Organization (WHO) has estimated that 20,000 people will be infected with the Ebola virus before the current crisis in West Africa is contained. Earlier in the week, it reported that 120 health care workers have died from the disease, leaving unafflicted doctors, nurses, and other health care workers with fewer human resources to care for those who become ill from Ebola. In some cases, remaining health care workers have refused to work and whole hospitals have closed because of insufficient staff. The WHO has issued a roadmap to contain the spread of the virus but some believe that the international response to the spread of Ebola has been woefully insufficient.

Today on Healthstyles, producer and host Diana J. Mason, PhD, RN, interviews Kate Mort, Director of Human Resources for Medecin Sans Frontieres (MSF) or Doctors Without Borders, about the challenges this NGO faces in West Africa, particularly Monrovia, Liberia, as well as the response of the international community and need for volunteers to help to contain the spread of this deadly disease in which only 47% of those infected with the virus are surviving.

The program opens with HealthCetera, an update on health news, and ends with an interview with Nancy Manister, PhD, RN, FNP, Assistant Professor of nursing at Fairfield University in Connecticut about breastfeeding as part of a national conversation this month to raise awareness of the importance of breastfeeding to mother, baby, family, and society. You can listen to the interview here:

So tune in at 1:00 today on WBAI, 99.5 FM ( in New York City.

Healthstyles is sponsored by the Center for Health, Media & Policy at Hunter College, City University of New York.


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